Crepe ginger, crepe myrtle, and queen's crepe! A crepe is defined as a very thin pancake or very thin fabric; the petals of these flowers resemble crepe paper. Check out these and many other beautiful flowers on my slideshows.
This is a photo of three foxtail palms in the center of the Boynton Beach VR resistance pool. Since I am describing one palm species per issue for the VR magazine called Reflections, I thought I would also publish the articles here.
The foxtail palm is aptly named for its bushy fronds. It was discovered in
Queensland, Australia, its growing site revealed around 1978 by an elderly aborigine named Wodyeti: thus the Latin name of Wodyetia bifurcata. In the wild, these palms grow as solitary plants, but commercial growers often plant three seeds in one pot to produce palms with three trunks.
While foxtail palms have only been imported legally into Florida since 1995, they are common because the dark green fronds, attractive trunks, and low maintenance requirements make them desirable landscape plants.
Additional VR palms can be seen in my Valenica Reserve Palms slideshow on this site.
Look at the tips of the lilac/pink inflorescenses (spikes of flowers) on this Veronicastrum virginicum 'Adoration' blooming now in the Seasonal Garden of the New York Botanical Garden. While most tips are pointed, some appear malformed, a mutation called fasciation meaning band-like. There is even a different cultivar of Veronicastrum, particularly prone to fasciation, and, as a pun, it is named Veronicastrum virginicum 'FasciNation'! The Seasonal Garden was designed by Piet Oudolf (the designer of the High Line) and also includes Veronicastrum 'Diane,' a white cultivar.
Always exciting when an Amorphophallus titanum is getting ready to bloom! Why? 1) It has one of the largest inflorescences (collection of flowers) of any plant 2) it smells like rotting flesh while blooming 3) it only blooms for a day or two 4) it takes 7-10 years of growing to bloom for the first time! So watch it in real-time ( thereʻs a camera aimed at it!) on this link www.nybg.org/garden/the-corpse-flower-amorphophallus-titanum/ , and when you see that it is in bloom,then run over to the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx and get a whiff and a photo! It is going to bloom very soon! Here is my picture from Saturday 6/23/18, unopened but still an impressive bud!
Elegant boxwood- lined ornamental/edible vegetable gardens. Come see what is planted in 8 beds, each devoted to a different plant family. We will also discuss the organic growing techniques used in this garden. Take the tram to the Edible Academy/Barnsley Beds stop.The tour and the tram are included with the price of admission to the garden. And thereʻs plenty more to do at the NYBG on Sunday: the Georgia OʻKeeffe Visions of Hawaiʻi painting and flower exhibits, Hawaiian Hula dancers, the Rose Garden and much more ! P.S. Check out the giant Corpse Flower, getting ready to bloom in the conservatory!
Please join me tomorrow Saturday 6/23/18 as I give tours of the Barnsley Beds (beautiful new ornamental edible garden) at 11, Summer Highlights (perennials and shrubs) at 12:30 and Notable Trees (including the goldenrain tree in bloom) at 2:30. All public tours are included in the price of admission. Also, the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibits (paintings and flowers) and the Rose Garden, the Rock Garden, and the Native Plant Garden are not to be missed.
For hours and details: nybg.org
Please join me tomorrow 6/19/18 as I give tours of the Barnsley Beds ( beautiful new ornamental edible garden) at 11, the Native Plant Garden ( now switching from spring ephemerals to meadow perennials ) at 12:30 and the Forest ( which will be nice and cool) at 2:30. All public tours are included in the price of admission. Also, the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibits (paintings and flowers) and the Rose Garden are not to be missed. So, do make a day of it, there is all of this and more to see!
For hours and details: nybg.org
Come and see the brand new Barnsley Beds at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx! What are the Barnsley Beds? They are eight beds of ornamentally arranged edible vegetables, as beautiful as any flower beds! See peanuts, kale, arugula, lettuce, tomatillos, just to name a few. Tours are included with the price of admission and will be given at 11, 1, and 3 on Sunday, Fatherʻs Day! Just take the tram (also included with the price of admission) to the Edible Academy stop and you will be right at the Barnsley Beds. Directly across from the Barnsley Beds is the Edible Academy, also a site of celebration this weekend with arts and crafts, music, and cooking demos. And youʻll be within a two minute walk of the Rose Garden, which is peak. Plus the Georgia O'Keeffe in Hawaii Exhibit is in full swing. See NYBG.org for details.
June 16, 17, 2018 Celebrate National Pollinators Week at Wave Hill Garden in Riverdale, NY.Check their website for activites for the whole family. Pollinator plants will be available for purchase. www.wavehill.org/events/categories/pollinators-weekend/
This very readable book by a professor at the University of Delaware is an empassioned plea to plant native plants and avoid non-native plants. It combines scientific data with practical ideas on how to implement changes to your home landscapes in an effort to help wildlife. Hereʻs an example: Tallamy explains that humans may have evolved to like large open vistas and mowed lawns around their homes so that they can see the "lions" approaching; but, he argues, perhaps in todayʻs day and age, we can plant some native oak trees and obstruct the view! And, since he is a professor of entomology, the book includes great pictures of many of the insects that native plants support. At the back of the book, the lists of recommended trees, shrubs, conifers, vines, streamside plants, ground covers, herbaceous perennials, grasses, and ferns are very helpful. The plants, of course, overlap with the plants that the Audubon Society recommends with their tool audubon.org/native-plants
Katherine Wagner-Reiss has her botany Certificate from the New York Botanical Garden, where she is a volunteer tour guide.